Thomas Jefferson and John Adams set off to visit English gardens in April, 1786.  For years, Michael and Jean have been kicking around the idea of recreating this journey.  [April 2017 was the original timeline . . . two years hence we are still working toward a new plan.]

What is the same?  Flora, maybe fauna, the pleasures and aggravations of travel.  What has changed?  M-roads, obviously. And the Internet.

They took a carriage.  We take . . . a car, presumably, but other modes of travel bear exploration.  They discussed the fledgling United States, international diplomacy, gardens.  We discuss the fracturing European Union, international crises, gardens.

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Beneath all the surface changes, will we discover a shared experience?  And what of the ties that bind their past experience to our present journey?

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